English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Hovingham

Historical Forms

  • Coletun(e), Coltun(e) 1086 DB
  • Colton 1086 DB 1208,1223 FF 1399 YI
  • Coltun 1167 P 13 Malton c.1285 ib
  • Cowlton 1578 FF


The rarity of medial -e - in early forms is against a derivation from the OE  pers. name Cola ; the first element is more probably OE  col 'charcoal.' 'Farm where charcoal was burnt' v. tun .

Places in the same Parish